How to Get a Dead Hard to Start

Hard drives sometimes fail. It’s a fact of life, but this realization doesn’t reduce the stress and frustration of losing your potentially valuable data. When you experience a hard drive failure, there are some steps it can take to temporarily restore functionality. However, your goal should not be to restore it to a long-term working state, but rather to make it work long enough to recover your data. Failed hard drives are always compromised and will fail again. Unfortunately, it’s also a likely possibility that you’ll never reboot onto that hard drive and may require professional data recovery services if you need data from the drive. Instructions
Tap the side of the hard drive with your fist or a hard rubber mallet. Do it carefully and in moderation. Sometimes the actuator arm gets stuck in position, and tapping can release it again. Try restarting and if unsuccessful, tap the unit a few more times. If still unsuccessful, abandon this step; too much hitting or force can cause more damage to the hard drive

Place the unit in an anti-static bag, remove the air from the bag and seal. it. Place unit in freezer for 30 minutes. This can work around problems caused by an overheated unit that expands components, causing them to stick with other components or housing. Remove the drive and let it sit for a few minutes before taking it out of the bag and trying to boot from it. Time is of the essence at this step, as the unit will heat up quickly and potentially be inaccessible again. You may have to repeat the step several times to recover all data. You can also connect the drive with longer cables outside the cabinet and pack it in ice-tight bags to retard overheating.

Replace the logic board, the green circuit board under the drive, with a working hard drive logic board of the exact same model. The logic board is held by four screws, which require a Torx T8 driver to remove. There is also a thin cable that attaches to the back of the card, opposite the main interface, which must also be pulled out.

Change out the internal components. This is not recommended as irreversible data loss is the most likely outcome. However, if you’re curious and not planning career recovery, you may have nothing to lose. The unit is already working correctly. Attempting to swap internal components should only be done in a clean room as the smallest speck of dust could corrupt data.

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